English Language Standards

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) evaluates the ability of non-native speakers to understand and use English in an academic setting. Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) – like many other American universities, government agencies and businesses – requires candidates for many of its programs to submit their TOEFL scores and certificate for acceptance to those programs.

The following are international applicant TOEFL requirements for each of the TUSM programs offered through its affiliated and training hospitals:

  • Research Scholarships: Not required if passed USMLE Step 1, but desirable with a score of at least 95.
  • Clinical Observerships for Visiting Physicians: Not required.
  • Residency: Not required, but desirable with a score of at least 95.
  • Fellowships: Not required.
  • Allied Technical Staff Training: Required, with a score of at least 80.
A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported, since a candidate's language proficiency could have changed significantly since the date of the test. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.

Information on how and when to submit TOEFL scores to the TUSM Office of International Affairs can be found on the Application Process page for each of our programs.

Additional information on TOEFL, including where tests are administered and how to register to take them, is available on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) web site.